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Official Names Puzzle

Puzzle Dude John Chaneski has a quiz about the unofficial terms for familiar things that have less familiar official names. “The Academy Awards of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,” for example, are unofficially...

Etymology of Slang “Dude”

Dude, how’d we ever start using the word dude? The Big Grantbowski traces the word’s origin—it’s over 125 years old. Here’s a poem about dandy dudes from 1883, the year the word zoomed into common use. Ben Zimmer at Visual...


psychoceramics  n.— «For a time in the 1950’s and 1960’s, Kreiss sold a line of collectible ceramic figurines featuring odd beatniks and other characters that aficionados on eBay now refer to as psychoceramics. One green fuzzy-haired...

SODDI defense

SODDI defense
 n.— «The classic SODDI defense (Some Other Dude Did It) is always persuasive with a jury when you can put a face to a deed.» —by Steven Paul Martini Prime Witness Feb., 1994. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)